CLASSIC RADIO EXCHANGE NEWSLETTER
JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2011 CX
HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS
Rocco, N6KN, returned to the top of the score board with both the highest total score, 315,867
and the highest SSB score, 237,575.
Mario, N2AK, was the runner up with the second highest score, 249,280
and the highest CW score.
Ron, K2RP, had the third highest score, 152,094,
and the highest AM score, 39,852
BEST OP AWARD - CW
The best op. I heard was N6KN Rocco- nice, clean CW and procedures.
Nominated by VA3BD Doug
BEST CHIRP / MOST UNSTABLE SIGNAL AWARD
"Then I tried to put my Heath DX-20 and VF-1 VFO on the air. The CW note out of that transmitter sounded downright squirrelly...
It chirped badly and the frequency was unstable. The frequency even shifted with my keying. "
Jeff gets extra recognition for self-reporting and rationalization. "I decided it ought to blend in with some of the other CX signals."
BEST CHIRP - RUNNER UP AWARDS
Finally, Mike, W7DRA/0 was the only guy heard with anything near a respectable chirp. His HW-16 was 557c all the way from Nebraska, and it made my heart beat faster. Good for you, Mike!
Reported by K9VKY Brian
The best “whoop” had to go to KE1B’s Harvey Wells.
Reported by VA3BD Doug
MOST HONEST RST REPORT AWARD
Submitted by WA2AWQ/7 Howie.
"Special honors go to Dennis N8DL. While most other CXers gave me usually reasonable – but highly exaggerated - RSTs, Dennis was honest (more so than the others) and gave me an RST 219. That sounds like one I’d get in the AWA 1929 transmitter party. Hats off to Dennis for persevering to copy my CX info."
Be sure to
read about the adversities Howie overcame at his new QTH to get that report. - Mac
MOST UNUSUAL VFO AWARD
"The Central Electronics "20A" requires an odd set of crystal or VFO frequencies in order to be used on the HF bands (e.g., 16 MHz for 40 meters, 5 MHz for 80/75 and 20 meters, etc.), and I didn't have any such xtals or VFO. So, I built a simple (series-resonant variable capacitor and coil) passive 5 MHz VFO to get me on 20 and 80/75 meters." Ref.: June 1954 "QST" (p.28).
NOTEWORTH NOVICE TRANSMITTERS:
K3MD John Making QSOs with Ameco AC-1T is Rough – Has 1.5 w output
K2RP Ron Johnson Adventurer and Knight R-100
W8KGI Jim I got my reconstructed homebrew novice transmitter on the air paired with my HRO 50 novice receiver That was a blast! It even has a few of the parts that were in the original rig, mostly coils, and the same CS-48 cabinet.
SPIRIT OF CX AWARDS
"In fact the very sound of it all transported me back to July of 1959. I was a 14 year old kid with a brand new novice ticket, trusty old surplus BC-348Q receiver and a new Heath DX-20 transmitter."
"Brought back memories of actually being a Novice back in 63/64...what a memory trip!"
REPORTS NOT TO MISS READING
N6KN Rocco A good walk through of multiple rigs and QSOs with a side trip to in-house RFI.
W8KGI Jim Smoking can be bad for your CX score.
W7ID Jeff The trials and tribulations of gettng old rigs, bugs, and operators back on the air.
N2BE John Tales of the CE-20A, passive VFO and another perspective on the role of BAs in Global Warming
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|FEBRUARY 2011 CX ||NAME||CW||AM||SSB||FM||BONUS||TOTAL||COMMENT
||78,292||-||237,575||-||-||315,867||High Total & SSB Score|
||174,720||-||74,560||-||-||249,280||High CW Score|
||53,636||39,852||54,606||-||4,000||152,094||High AM Score|
N6KN - ROCCO
Prep's for the CX began at my Colorado home - I knew I would be there for the CW portion. On Saturday, I found a loading problem on the 32S-3; this turned out to be a bandswitch indexing problem that had been in there a LONG time. Paired that transmitter with a 75S-3 and also a 75A-4 and 75A-2.
Built another 6-ft shelf for the other larger boatanchors, including a second 75A-4 and SX-73/R274 (had to replace a tube in the middle of the contest, but it handled the pileup's well). I paired these with a 32S-1; I only had one power supply, so I knew I would be moving that around during Sunday. I also installed a cap kit in the R4 which made listening to it much more enjoyable.
CW highlights - had lots of power line noise, so if you were calling and I did not hear you, my apologies. Began on 40 - what a difference with the new vertical ground plane from Colo. Could hear both coasts at once. Nice to work Tom, N7TM, followed by Paul, W8TM, both with good signals. Moved to 20 at 1456 and picked up a lot of CX regulars. Ron, K2RP, sounded good on several rigs, including the HT-32 and DX-100. Fox, W7FOX, had his HB 1625 rig on the air, and it was 599 into Denver. Lot's of novice transmitters heard: W6TMV had a nice signal from here in CO with his Eico 723. Went back to 40 at 1812 and discovered that 40 m works in the daytime for CX in Colorado. Liked the note from Mike, WB0SND on his 32V-2 and Denny, AE6C, on his ARC-5. Back on 20, worked Howie, WB2AWQ/7 with his Viking Invader (wish I had one). Jeff, W7ID, was strong on 40 with that nice Navigator (wish I had one of those, too). Paul, K2LMQ, bravely was on with his Army GRC-9. Finished off with Jeff, K3KYR, with his mighty HW8.
CW score 92 QSOs x 851 yrs = 78,292 pts.
I was back home in Palos Verdes for this one. On Saturday, I noticed a periodic clicking on all HF bands that peaked to the NW and was strong enough to wipe out the weaker stations. I traced this to a nice lamp downstairs with no real "off" switch - just a light level control that was at ~1Hz at the "off" (or not so off) position. I unplugged it and would throw it in the trash if my wife would let me. Maybe cutting the cord will prevent this thing from causing any more disturbance. How much RF is it putting out? Maybe you have the makings of a QRP rig there :-) - Mac
After that, I went through the various rigs, exercising the bandswitches. Turned out I needed more microphones, so I spent a few hours digging into the pile and soldering connectors. On Sunday, all rigs worked well except the SR 150, which had zero SSB output. I spent almost all the contest period on 20 meters near 14.270. I quickly qualified most of the rigs and by noon had fired up the KWM-2A with my old SB220 (from UCLA days). This proved to be very productive, and I had a lot of fun with pileups most of the afternoon. As usual, the casual callers had fired up a pet radio to see if it still worked or just called me with their modern rigs. There were many stories offered up regarding old favorites. There were lots of TS 520's on the air, plus the usual FT 101s, etc.
Began on 20 and stayed there most of the contest around 14270 plus/minus QRM. I could hear Jeff, W7ID, on backscatter - he really had a pileup running. Loved to hear John, W6EGR, on his Swan 400, which predates my Swans by a few years. (I have a 240 on the shelf, however). Glen, AE6PR, sounded great on his HT-37/SX-111. Noel, K7GHC, also had a nice sounding HT-32 (love them). By noon, I had most of the rigs qualified and turned to the trusty KWM-2A/SB220. That burned a hole in the band, and I had a pileup, too. People all over the country dragged out whatever they had. There were many TS-520s and FT-101's. John, N2BE, kept hauling rigs out of the closet. The NCX-3 was his most impressive, but the SB-34 was also a surprise. Hal, K6DPZ, called with his HB transceiver built around an R390 (can't wait for the article.) At 0046, I shut down and went to dinner. After that I was reconnecting the main station and ran into Fox W7FOX, Ron, K2RP, and Roger KA9UDA on 3874 completely by accident - nice to hear some activity on that band for once (and I will certainly try that again next CX). Fox had his FTDX100, which beats out my FTDX570.
Summary - very good conditions for me with plenty of activity, as long as I just called CQ CX around 14270. I had a lot of fun, and I think plenty of others did, too, by the sound of it.
SSB Score 221 QSOs x 1075 yrs = 237,575 pts.
Rocco "Rock" Lardiere
I’m not sure why, but it doesn’t seem possible that it’s been a full year since the Winter 2010 Classic Exchange . I sure could use more time to maintain my old stuff and fix up/build some new rigs. The good
thing is that I only have to get the CW gear working right away, because the 2 weeks between CW and
fone is a good way to really hit the repair bench hard for my SSB problem children!
I was very happy to hear so many operators in our contest this year. There were both good numbers
of guys who took a little dip in the waters and those that stayed in for a whole thing. Take for example
Paul W8TM. He was my 1st CW portion contact and my second on SSB. He was also the last logged
station on SSB and next to last on CW. He does this for the pure enjoyment of running his Heath Twins,
the SB301/SB401 that he built many years ago. Another marathon man is Tony, N2ATB. Tony got involved with CX two years ago and now is a very active participant.
It is interesting to note that of the 105 CW contacts I logged, I made 55 of them with just 5 hams.
Of the 64 SSB contacts I made, I completed 43 with just 3 hams; Tony N2ATB (31), Paul W8TM (10)
and Jeff K3KYR (2).
This year I added a Swan 270 Cygnet and a Drake TR4-C to my collection. Unfortunately my Swan 350
hung-up during the CW contest, but for SSB I had the 270 and the 350 running. The TR4C and my T4XB/R4A worked very nicely. I am always amazed how my Central Electronics CE 20A performs at
about watts output. That thing sounds great on CW and the audio on SSB/AM is really good.
I managed to qualify 29 pieces of gear for CW and 19 for SSB. I made most of my contacts on 40m,
moving to 80 late in the day. I only worked a couple of 20m QSOs each weekend. I sure would like
to see the upper bands open for our contest.
To summarize, I show 105 CW QSOs with a total age of 1666 years, and 64 SSB contacts with age of
1173 years . This produced a total score of 249K my best so far in CX. For next time, I’m still working on a hmbw 811 pair that I started in 1975! Maybe it will be done . But, I would rather see the
bands improve so that I can run my 1 watt acorn tube rig barefoot.
RADIO GEAR USED IN CX JAN/FEB 2011
Central Electronics CE20
Drake T4XB R4A
Heath DX 60B HR10B
Heath Apache / Mohawk
Hmbw 1961 60W Xmtr
Hmbw 5w Solid State Xcvr
R 392 MIL RCVR
SB 401 SB300
TenTec Omni C
Ten Tec Corsair
Ten Tec Argosy
Yaesu FT 101F
AGE OF RECEIVERS: 845 YEARS
AGE OF TRANSMITTERS: 819 YEARS
CW SCORE: 105 QSOs X 1664 YRS = 174,720
SSB MODE (HF)
Central Elect 20A
SB 401 SB300
TenTec Omni C
Ten Tec Corsair
Ten Tec Argosy
AGE OF RECEIVERS: 559 YEARS
AGE OF TRANSMITTERS: 606 YEARS
SSB SCORE: 64 QSOs X 1156 YRS = 74,560
GRAND TOTAL : 174,720 + 74,560 = 249,280
Great time with CX this year. Was home, no company, no commitments, no excuses!
Wanted to maximize number of rigs used, so here’s what I managed to get on the air:
Click to see some of Ron's rigs.
Heathkit: SB303, SB401, HW100, HW101, HW12, HW22, HW32, Marauder, DX35, DX40, DX100
Collins: 75A2, 75A4
Hammarlund: HQ120X, HQ129X, HQ140X, HQ170
Drake: 1A, 2B
Hallicrafters: HT32 Mark I, SX101, SX100, SX43, HT 40
Johnson: Adventurer, Viking I, Valiant
Gonset: GSB 100
National: NC 109
Ten manufacturers and 31 different receivers, transmitters and transceivers represented.
If I wasn’t moving stuff around so much, I probably would have had more QSOs, but it was good to have it all on the air. Only disappointment is my CE20A wouldn’t work in the contest after testing it during the previous week. (Good multiplier for SSB!)
Also used my “vintage” Warrior amp to enable me to qualify some low power AM rigs, a first for me. Managed to qualify 8 different AM transmitters!
Thanks to all for the contacts, and mostly to Mac for putting it together. See you in the fall!
K2RP Summary Jan/Feb 2011
Mode # QSOs Age Score
AM 41 972 39852
SSB 57 958 54606
CW 46 1166 53636
Novice Advent. R100 2000
Hammarlund HQ120 1000
Johnson Viking I1000
CW-TX Year Age CW-RX Year Age
Vik I 1949 62 HW100 1968 43
Valiant 1956 55 HW101 1970 41
HT32 1957 54 2B 1961 50
DX100 1954 57 75A2 1950 61
DX35 1956 55 SX43 1947 64
GSB100 1958 53 SB303 1970 41
SB401 1966 45 75A4 1955 56
HW100 1968 43 SX101 1956 55
HW101 1970 41 SX100 1955 56
HQ170 1958 53
1A 1957 54
HQ120X 1938 73
NC109 1957 54
465 701 1166
AM TX Year Age AM-RX Year Age
Valiant 1956 55 75A4 1955 56
Marauder1961 50 Drake 2B1961 50
DX100 1954 57 75A2 1950 61
Viking I1949 62 SX100 1955 56
GSB100 1958 53 HQ120X 1938 73
DX35 1956 55 HQ140X 1953 58
DX40 1958 53 HQ129X 1946 65
HT40 1961 50 NC109 1957 54
SX43 1947 64
SSB-TX Year Age SSB-RX Year Age
HW12 1963 48 HW12 1963 48
HT32 1957 54 SX101 1956 55
SB401 1970 41 SB303 1966 45
Swan 1401961 50 Swan 1401961 50
HW22 1963 48 HW22 1963 48
HW32 1963 48 HW32 1963 48
Marauder1961 50 1A 1957 54
HW101 1970 41 HW101 1970 41
HW100 1968 43 HW100 1968 43
GSB100 1958 53 2B 1961 50
Planning some activities for this fall, but don't want to miss the next
one....have a couple more rigs to qualify, including a 20A for big mult on
Thanks for all you do!
Mac, I'm already looking forward to the Sept / Oct CX. This report for Jan / Feb contains, in addition to cw, a few am contacts. However most activity was during the cw weekend.
Multiple contacts were made with several other participants, including N2AX, N2ATB, K4JYS, W8TM, W8KGI, K3MD and K9VKY.
During the cw portion I qualified 17 stations and 3 during the phone weekend.
For the CW event:
Ranger 2 50yrs
HQ 170 53
T 150A 49
HQ 110A 49
T 60 51
HE 80 49
NC 125 61
MT 1 52
MR 1 52
DX 20 54
S40 B 65
Eico 720 53
SX 99 57
HT 37 52
HQ 110 54
HT 40 51
SX 140 51
HW 16 44
DX 60A 46
HR 10B 44
TS 530SE 30
DX 60 51
HR 10 50
C 21 36
HW 8 35
HW 7 39
FL 101 37
FR 101 37
1594 total years CW X 76 contacts = 121,144 points
For the phone weekend I worked AM using 4 rigs but only qualified 3 of them:
Ranger 2 50 yrs
HQ 170 53
T 150A 49
HQ 110A 49
HT 37 52
S 40 B 65
FL 101 & FR 101 only one qso.
318 years X 14 qso's = 4452 AM phone points
125,596 total cw and am
What a pleasure operating the Classic Exchange, and a big thank you Mac for all your time and effort with these events.
Sorry for not getting you a report sooner. As I look at my log from the January/February CX, I see that I had a good time on the CW portion but that I was a virtual no-show on phone with only one AM QSO on 75. As I remember, I made that QSO from my "inside shack" shortly before leaving for church in the morning. When I got home from church in the afternoon I decided to get some of the SSB gear in my garage shack on the air. I was just tuning up the KWM-1 on 20 when a large cloud of acrid, black smoke started pouring out of my AF-67. That stunk up the garage and rather dampened my spirits, so I just shut down things and abandoned the rest of the phone CX.As you know Jim, that is magic smoke. It does not, fortunately, affect other rigs around it. ;-) Turns out the modulation transformer burned out, and I'm still collecting the necessary parts to track down a short somewhere in the B+ section of the transmitter at this writing.
But I did have a good time on the CW CX. Here's part of an earlier letter that I sent to you and to Denny, N8DL. I was running gear from my "inside shack" for the event. If there are extra points for running a Hammarlund receiver or my Novice Transmitter, please add them to the reported score.
"I made 12 contacts on 20 meters in 50 minutes of operating, and I qualified four transmitter/receiver pairs there. I made 22 contacts in two hours on 40 meters and qualified another four t/r pairs. And I made 32 contacts on 80 in four and a quarter hours and qualified yet another four pairs. I'm in New Mexico, and I worked stations in MN, OR, OH, NY, TX, WA, CA, NJ, CO, MI, NC, PA, AZ, NV, TN, and NE. So there was a good amount of activity all over the country.
"I got my reconstructed novice transmitter on the air, mostly paired with my HRO 50 novice receiver on for 5 QSO's on 40 and 6 more on 80. That was a blast! It even has a few of the parts that were in the original rig, mostly coils, and the same CS-48 cabinet. That was the original novice receiver, wasn't it?
Click to see Jim's novice homebrew rig. Who remembers what a BC-375 Tuning Unit is? That's Jim chassis!"
"The receivers that I qualified were R4B, HQ-140X, NC-200, 75A4, HRO-50, BC454, BC455, RME-69, HRO, SX-28, NC-101X, and FB7. The transmitters qualified were T4X, Millen 90800, Central Electronics 100V, 32V3, National NTX-30, DX-100, BC459, Valiant, 1940 Meissner Deluxe Signal Shifter, Harvey Wells TBS50C (field converted to TBS50D), CBY52209 (Navy BC457), and my homebrew Wn4VIV novice transmitter.
The total age for all of this equipment was 1544 years.
"My CW score was 66 QSOs times 1544 years for 101904 points.
"Long live the Classic Exchange!
I've just been tuning up my National NTX-30 transmitter and NSM modulator for the AM portion of the Classic Exchange on Sunday, February 13 and for the AWA AM QSO Party on Saturday/Sunday, February 19 and 20. The NTX-30 is a special rig. According to Bill Fizette, W2DGB, who passed it along to me, "The transmitter was originally owned by O. Eugene Sims, the personal assistant to James Millen at both the National Company and at the James Millen Company. It was acquired by collector John Nagle, and then in turn by Wm Fizette, then K3AJW (later W3DGB)."
I have the NTX-30 running on 20, 40, and 80 meters at this point. I just plugged a "new" (actually well used) 6L6 into the 20 meter doubler socket and tweaked the doubler tank tuning, and I'm getting 24 watts of well-modulated AM signal out on 20 meters. When I drive my Heath SB-200 with the NTX-30, I get about 130 watts of carrier out on 20. On 40 and 80, I'm getting nearly 200 watts of carrier out with the help of the SB-200. So I should have a decent AM signal on from New Mexico for both contests.
I will be signing my own call, W8KGI, for the Classic Exchange, and the James Millen Society club call, W1HRX for the AWA party. W1HRX will be the "Southwestern Flagship Station" for the AWA. And of course it is Jim Millen's old call.
Please try to work me during the CX and the AWA AM QSO Party. I have plenty of QSL cards, both W8KGI and W1HRX, for anyone who would like one. I currently plan to be around 14286 on 20, around 7290 on 40, and around 3880 on 75.
Thanks, 73, and hope to see you on the air,
Jim Hanlon, W8KGI
I relearned a couple of good lessons in the February 2011 classic exchange.
First was that it pays to check out each piece of equipment you intend to use ahead of time.
I didn’t bother to do that this year. I just hauled three or four transmitters and a like number of receivers off of the shelf and brought them into the operating room.
Then one pair at a time I set them up on an operating table and tried to make them operate. Well you guessed it. Almost all of them had some kind of problem and at first completely refused to work.
Take for instance my Collins KWS-1 transmitter. I use it every now and then so it’s not like it is totally neglected. This time it came up and operated just fine for two or three contacts. Then no matter how much I called, nobody answered. After about the fourth or fifth call with no answers I finally leaned over and took a quick look at the Collins 302C1 wattmeter which sits slightly beyond my line of site. NOTHING showing. Now what?
The plate current seemed about right. Drive level was good. I turned the plate tuning control slightly and the power output jumped up to normal. What? Do I have plates shorting on the tuning cap? Dirty maybe? Don’t know but now its working and I don’t want to take time now to investigate it. I will try to keep a better eye on the wattmeter. In fact as soon as the CX is over I’m moving that wattmeter to sit right in front of me while I am operating. (Good intentions here but it’s been two months now and I still haven’t done it) Jeff, I am sorry to tell you, that is CXitis. It is similar to those intentions to clean out the basement/shed - this is the CX gear version. - Mac
Then I tried to put my Heath DX-20 and VF-1 VFO on the air. The CW note out of that transmitter sounded downright squirrelly in the Hallicrafters SX-110 receiver I was trying to use it with. Not trusting the old SX-110 as the final authority, I tuned in the signal on my Kenwood TS-940S. Sure enough it sounded lousy. It chirped badly and the frequency was unstable. The frequency even shifted with my keying. What gives? It never did that before. Sounds like you have a candidate for Best Chirp award there
Not having time to fix it and having operated in my share of Classic Exchanges before, I decided it ought to blend in with some of the other CX signals so I put it on the air. Most stations I worked with it gave me honest reports. One gave me a 589C report. I thought he was being kind. Another said “your transmitter is kind of unstable”. Yep, he was right on too. Hey maybe I’ll get nominated for the ‘most interesting sounding signal again this year’.You got it! - Mac
Next I attempted to put my Johnson Viking Navigator on the air. It’s normally pure clean note sounded chirpy too. I told you this stuff doesn’t like not being used. I had it paired with an SX-100 and made a handful of easy contacts with it chirping away. I’m actually starting to think the chirpy signal attracts attention.BINGO!
Next I set up my BC-348 and Knight T-50. At first the 348 was dead. No signals anywhere. After I turned the bandswitch back and forth several times signals came roaring into my headphones. Guess it needs a good dose of TLC too. Now why doesn’t the T-50 put out any power? It worked last year.
And why can’t I remember how much grid drive this thing is supposed to have? Don’t answer that, I know the answer. I just don’t want to admit it. Twenty minutes of looking for the manual and fiddling with it I am finally getting some power out of the transmitter. I’m not happy with how squirrelly it is acting but it appears to be transmitting at least. For some reason my HA-1 keyer is acting erratic and won’t key the T-50. I never had that problem before either. Hmmmm...
I grabbed my old Vibroplex Blue Racer and plugged it into the key jack. Many, many years ago I used to be good with a bug. Not so much now. Fifty years of sending with electronic keyers will do that. The first few contacts with the bug were rough but the old semiautomatic swing started to come back. You know that was actually fun. I need to do that more often.
Among the other important things I had forgotten about these old tube rigs was the fact that touching the hot part of the key provided a shocking experience on a cathode keyed transmitter. I relearned that again the hard way. Shocking!
Now that I had wasted a bunch of time changing rigs and trying to make them play, 40 meters had closed. There had been plenty of loud CX stations to work an hour ago. That’s what I get for not being prepared.
Switching over to 80 meters I found some good Classic Exchange activity. There were lots of strong signals. Some were chirping some were clicking. Some had AC hum. It was all music to my ears.
In fact the very sound of it all transported me back to July of 1959. I was a 14 year old kid with a brand new novice ticket, trusty old surplus BC-348Q receiver and a new Heath DX-20 transmitter.
Every night the 40 meter novice band was full of those same sounding signals. I didn’t know or care how lousy those signals sounded. If I could copy their CW I wanted to work them. All that really mattered was that I was a licensed Amateur Radio Operator and I was ON THE AIR!
Aren’t we lucky to have our very own time machines?
The Classic Exchange phone weekend brought its own share of fun.
I was lucky enough to make 6 AM QSOs this time. I worked the first three in the morning on 75 meters using my Ranger, Desk KW and NC-303 station. Then later in the day I was lucky enough to make three more contacts on 15 meter AM with my 32V3, 75A1 combo. One station never did know I was on AM. The other two switched their all mode radios over to AM when I told them I was on AM. One said ‘this is my first ever AM contact and it sounds really good’ It was fun to show a couple of newer hams what the AM button on their radios did.
A bit later on when I put my old Central Electronics 20A exciter on the air, someone asked me if I knew I was transmitting on both sidebands at the same time. I told him I wasn’t at all surprised as the rig I was using was way over 50 years old. Hey it still worked and I made some good contacts on it.
The sunspot numbers were way up this year and I thought conditions were good. I had a really good stretch on 20 meters Sunday afternoon using my Collins Gold Dust Twins on SSB.
By the way the ham I bought them from back in 1992 told me that he had obtained them from the Mountain Home Air Force Base just south of Boise, Idaho.
One of the stations I worked on 20 meters mentioned that he had been stationed at an Air Force radar installation in Baker, Oregon back in the early 60s and used to visit the air base at Mountain Home from time to time.
I explained where my KWS-1 and 75A4 had come from and asked him if he had ever visited the Mars station on the base during that time frame. He told me that he might have not only seen the very equipment that I was operating but he may have used it himself 50 years ago!
What a small world and what a great hobby we have.
I wonder if I’ll get prepared ahead of time for my next CX.
Hey, maybe the challenge of getting all of this old stuff to play under pressure is why I LOVE the Classic Exchange!
MODE NR OF QSOS AGE OF GEAR SCORE
CW 56 740 41,440
AM 6 235 1,410
SSB 101 579 58,479
TOTALS 163 101,329
Novice bonus DX-20 BC-348 2,000
Johnson bonus Navigator 1,000
GRAND TOTAL 104,329
Wow I Where do I begin ? I guess, at the beginning. It was January 30, 2011, and time to clean out the empties and make my way to THE CONTROLS; BIG Controls, with BIG Switches and BIG Knobs. In the dead of winter, a day of glowing warmth was in store. It was once again time to enjoy the "blue blush" of a hot 807; without this op's "pink blush" from the cold variety. Time to mingle with the "tribe", Homo hamo CXus (a.k.a., the CXosaurs), had arrived. The call of the CW-CX "Wild" had been heard.
And "wild" it was. The QSOs came as fast as my very marginal contesting skills could handle, at times. I found out, in a QSO with you, Mac, that I cannot chew (my dinner) and send CW at the same time. You mentioned that 20 meters was "happening", and I forgot to tell you then that I tried it earlier with limited success. I think my vertical on that band doesn't do too well at times. However, I did hear a lot of CX activity there this year; I just couldn't work it. I sense a new antenna project coming here.
Back on 40 and 80 meters, Dennis (N8DL) worked me a couple of times using a "BC-342N" receiver. Then, towards the end of the event, he switched it with a "BC-342M"; probably just to see if I was still an "on-going entity" and not too "fried" to notice the difference (HI). Anyway, apparently the "N" version was made by Farnsworth and the "M" by RCA. Dennis also came up with an RCA "RBB" in another QSO. Great RX BAs !
Just after midnight, Bunky (K4EJQ), called and was giving me RF burns with his "DX-60". I accused him of running an "after-burner" on it and not "coming clean" by telling me so. He denied that and countered by asking me if I had been on 160 meters yet. Now, I wasn't ready for "trick" questions that late in the contest and told him, in so many words, that we were too young for 160 meters. After all, I do imagine the regulars on 160 literally had their amateur radio priviledges GRANTed by the actual signature of Ulysses S. GRANT on their licenses, and that they wouldn't tolerate any young "Key Krazies" tearing up their band, contesting with new-fangled rigs like a "DX-100"... or something like that. Furthermore, if 20 and 40 meters are Rock-n-Roll; 160 has to be a Waltz, a slo-ooo-w waltz. Right ? However, I have since given Bunky's question some thought and built an "L"-match to get a new 40 meter "fan" dipole onto 160 meters; fed as a "tee" vertical. Maybe I'll see some of the gang on 160 in the fall-CX. After all, I'm not getting any younger! (HI)
As "wild" as the CW portion was, the phone portion was every bit as "radioactive". In fact, this was the most active FONE-CX that I can recall. One would get the impression that it was too cold for anyone to play outside (HI). One thing was for sure, with rigs like George's (WILSB) Globe King "500B", Bob's
(W2ICQ} 813/81 is mod., and Roy's (KB5MD) 833/572Bs mod.; it was a LOT warmer inside ! All fone QSOs were "singles" except for working Jeff (W7ID) four times, Dee (N2AK) three times, Rock (N6KN) twice, and Jeff (K3KYR) twice. Thanks guys, for helping me to lift my chronically anemic fone score.
I was very pleased with what seemed to be increased AM fone activity this CX. Also, out of all of the CW and Fone QSOs I had this CX, no one asked me what the "Classic Exchange" was. They ALL already knew what the "CX" was, and knew all about the exchange procedure, as well. Anyway, in what other contest can you end it up discussing nuclear BMP vulnerabilities with a doctor of internal medicine (John, KN4ME), at 1:00 AM in the morning, on AM fone ?!? That's GREAT! - Mac
Mac, when I spoke with you in the CW-CX last January, I mentioned that I was introducing a new rig to the CX that day. It is a Central Electronics "20A" multi-mode (CW, AM, SSB, and PM) low-power exciter. Mine was originally a kit version, and my initial inspection turned up four intermittantly "slobbered" connections. The previous owner(s) of this transmitter must have gone "bonkers" trying to use this unit on-the-air, HI. Some research on this model yielded complaints about too much heat and settings that would drift. I responded by replacing the 5U4 rectifier with a solid-state plug-in and then went to choke-input in the power supply filter. The 5U4 draws 3 amps for its filament (i.e., 15 watts) and is quite a heat source. Not only did the removal of this tube eliminate much heat in itself, but also, the transformer ran noticeably cooler, since it now had 15 watts less draw on it. The class-A 6AG7 output tubes were the other major heat source. Going to a choke-input filter reduced the 6AG7 plate voltage by about 10%; just enough to make them run cooler and further cool down the power transformer. The "20A" now runs cool, and the adjustments do not drift. Power output has dropped a little bit but not a problem since I enjoy QRP and plan to build a small linear amp. to go with this rig, for times when QRP can't "hack it". Also, this rig should be much less prone to another common "20A" problem, having its 6AG7 PAs short out.
The Central Electronics "20A" requires an odd set of crystal or VFO frequencies in order to be used on the HF bands (e.g., 16 MHz for 40 meters, 5 MHz for 80/75 and 20 meters, etc.), and I didn't have any such xtals or VFO. So, I built a simple (series-resonant variable capacitor and coil) passive 5 MHz VFO to get me on 20 and 80/75 meters. I researched this, and sure enough, someone else had done the same thing for their model "10A" (an earlier version of the "20A" and the first commercially-available SSB transmitter to the amateur radio market). The "A Tubeless VFO for the 10A" construction article appeared in June 1954 "QST" (p.28). For mine, I used a husky little 12 pf variable capacitor for tuning and a 75 pf variable in parallel with it to be a "band set" control. The coil I used was a rugged, silver-plated copper on a heavy ceramic form, transmitter output coil. Remember, you want stable, high-Q parts for this
project; since this VFO is plugged into a TX's xtal socket, not VFO, and replaces a crystal with an LC circuit. I added a good quality vernier drive to the tuning cap (12 pf).». I hooked it up as shown in the QST article. Note that if you are an ARRL member, you can download this article for free at the ARRL website ("QST Archive"). The VFO worked very well with the "20A", and I have since added a 3.5 MHz range to it (switch in more capacity) for use with other transmitters.You should publish an article on that in Electric Radio, - Mac
Mac, I must now warn that the next three paragraphs contain statements that are intended for an unstable but mature audience.
Some may find the information contained therein as disturbing. Proceed with caution and report any allergic reactions to your doctor; only if he or she is also unstable but mature. Your mileage may vary.
I don't think anyone, during this past winter, had "global warming" on their minds. Clearly, the magnetic fields generated by the increasing use of classic radios had stemmed the continued onset of this most-feared climatic anomaly Ref earlier CX Newsletters. - Mac. Decades of dumping Chevys, Maytags, and yes (sob; choke !) even BA radios has finally caught up with us. Tons of magnetic iron ore was dug out of the earth to make each one of these products, which only eventually became non-magnetic rust. The huge magnetic "aperature" of tons of ore was reduced to a relatively tiny product with an equally tiny aperature; then further reduced to a pile of rust with no aperature at all. No wonder why the Earth is losing its magnetic field.
Now, scientists are saying that the sun is losing its magnetic field, too ! The sun is broke!! No more solar sunspot cycle. "Cosmic Clearasil" has ended sunspots; or has it ? Actually, the problem with the sun is easy to understand. Earth's magnetic field is what magnetizes the sun ! Have you ever rubbed a magnet on the end of a screwdriver or even passed a screwdriver tip near to a very strong magnetic source without letting it touch it ? What happened ?? It became magnetized. The Earth is the magnet orbiting/magnetizing our screwdriver sun. Unlike the screwdriver, however, the entire sun is in a constant state of plasmatic flux and will quickly lose its magnetism if it is not constantly renewed by the Earth. It's simple. High voltage passed around a massive iron core creates a huge magnetic field and aperature, and replaces the magnetic effects of hundreds, and even thousands, of tons of naturally-occurring magnetic ores. We need to activate more "boatanchor" radios to stem global warming, restore our sun's magnetism and solar sunspot cycle, and keep our* Earth in its present orbit. The latter problem is for discussion at a future date (. .. just when you thought you were even a little bit safe) (HI).
This summer, we have been experiencing a "tug-of-war" between the forces favoring normal (i.e., good) weather patterns and those that favor global warming (i.e., evil). I am fearful that all of this "back-and-forth" jockeying could end up with an EXTREME (i.e., nasty) weather event, here on the East Coast (i.e., the right coast), later in August. Don't let the evil global-warming beast have baked HAM for dinner.
Fix up and get some classic radios on-the-air,
soon. The bigger; the better. Time is running out! I, myself, am currently working on a Hammarlund "Super Pro" (1940 "SP-200SX"); which is about as big as you can get in a receiver. I have already finished restoring a military version of the "Super-Pro" called the "BC-779-A" (built by the Howard Radio Co. in 1942; equivalent to "SP-200LX"), which I am currently using and hope to introduce in the upcoming fall-CX; assuming that the East Coast has recovered from any "EXTREME" weather by then.
Mac, I hope your summer is going well and you have some enjoyable and interesting projects going to keep it that way. Thank you, once again, for all the time you unselfishly give to make the "Classic Exchange" possible. I hope to hear you in this fall's "CX" event.
- 73 –
Hello Mac and the Gang:
It was great to be back up and running again in the CX this January. Conditions were good here in western PA on both 40 and 80 Meters. Though I missed many of the usual suspects, it was good to hear a number of new guys beating the bushes with a variety of glow-in-the-dark radio gear.
Special recognition must go out to WC, W4BOH, Mike, WA3SLN, and Mike, WM4X, for their exceptionally good hearing and patience in copying my warbling 1929 TNT peanut whistle. Roger, K1TG, deserves a tip of the hat, too, for his 1930s vintage station running a homebrew 830B, and listening on a National FBXA receiver. To that, add 82 year old W5LJT, Bill, who pumped out a nice signal from the Lone Star State with his homebrew 6L6.
Finally, Mike, W7DRA/0 was the only guy heard with anything near a respectable chirp. His HW-16 was 557c all the way from Nebraska, and it made my heart beat faster. Good for you, Mike!
This year's CX cast included:
TX: RX: XCVR:
1929 TNT HRO-5 AN/PRC-1 ( WWII Spy set)
Navigator 75A3 TS-530
Ranger II NC-183D
The total age came to 1206 along with a QSO count of 46 equalling 55,476. Bonus points to be added for the Novice gear (receiver only) and the Hammarlund-Johnson marriage came to 3000 for a sub-total of 58476. The sub-total multiplied by the number of RF burns (3) suffered from the exposed tank coil in the 1929 TNT transmitter, brings the total claimed score to 175,428.Not so fast there Brian. While RF burns are noteworthy and due respect, unless they come from something like a VOA transmitter with a limited vocabulary English newscast, they do not earn the multiplier. Sorry. Mac
Best wishes and good luck to those of you soldiering on in the 'phone portion of the CX. I'd join you there, but I get hypoxic from the bag over my head when operating 'phone. Inside joke. Song time CXers will remember...
Cheers. Brian K9VKY
I participated in both the CW and Phone portions of the January/February 2011 Classic Exchange. This is the third time I have worked CX and I enjoyed it even more than the prior ones. This time I ran four radios again. It was lots of fun and I look forward to the next CX in September 2011.
Thanks for sponsoring this fine event.
MODE Number of
QSOs Total age of gear used to make QSOs SCORE
SSB 67 248 16,616
CW 75 248 18,600
TOTALS 142 35,216
RIG TS-520S TS-520S 2,000
Note: Equipment used for both SSB and Phone portions of contest was a Kenwood TS-520S (33 years x 2 = 66 years), a Kenwood TS-830S (31 years x 2 = 62 years), a Yaesu FT-101EX (35 years x 2 = 70 years) and a Kenwood TS-440S (25 years x 2 = 50 years) for a total of 248 years.
MODE Number of Total age of gear Score
QSOs Used to make QSOs
AM 27 823 22221
SSB 11 234 2574
CW 15 577 8655
FM 0 0 0
TOTALS 53 33450
Novice Rig TX Johnson Adventurer 1000
Hammarlund SP-600 1000
Johnson Viking II 1000
Had 46 contacts with 27 different stations, each duplicate was with different rig(s).
Started Sun at 4 PM EST
Last CX contact was around 1:30 AM EST Mon morning.
Wish could have spent more time but other stuff going on during the CX.
I used 7 different rig combinations.
Was glad to work Jim W8KGI, Mac WQ8U, and CW king Paul, W8TM.
On 20mtrs I was running 500w (SB-220 amplifier) to tri-bander pointed West.
On 40mtrs ran 1100w (AL-82 amplifier) to sloper/dipole.
On 80 mtrs ran 1100w to an Inv Vee thru one of my big homebrew tuners and
285' old coax.
Of course, high power has it's advantages !
Suffered several RF Burns while on 80 with RF all over the place and hurrying around and a lack of grounding due to Radio Room being on 2nd floor.Nice try Denny but unless they are RF burns from a "real" transmitter, e.g. VOA, they don't get credit..- ..Mac
My ears still ringing and buzzing from all the QRM and QRN and changing coax and wires while rotating different rigs to use.
Was lots of fun.
The Winter CW CX is the best CX for the year as it is CW and it is during Winter with better low band propagation.
OK-- here are the rigs I used in the CX:
Heathkit Apache TX-1
Your switch from BC-342M to BC-342N was picked up on by John, N2BE who thought you were trying to catch him sleeping...See his comments in this report
Note I used 2 xmtrs not 3 as I originally noted.
The score is based on 2 xmtrs so score is the same.
My score is not great but I had fun.
CW: 46 contacts 360 total yrs rcvrs 16560 score
AM: 18 456 8208
SSB: 12 311 3732
TOTAL 29500 points
I hope to be active in the next CX especially the CW CX.
TNX- Denny N8DL
I ALWAYS LOOK FORWARD TO THE CX EVENTS. It’s good to work some of the old timers plus the new comers as well. I hope those just finding out about the CX will come back…all are welcome.
I ran the Drake C-line for the first time this go ‘round. It had not run in a good while. I was even able to make a few contacts on 20m using a poor two wire beam up about 15 ft. I tried for a while on 160, but never heard any CX stations.
The usual kudos to Mac and ther gang for another fun radio event.
DX-40 – NOVICE RIG
HQ-110 – NOVICE RIG
Total age: 424 years
QSOS: 54 CW
Novice rig bonus: 2,000
W7FOX Chris (Fox on CW)
Thanks everyone for my best CX ever! There was lots of activity and I got all my currently working radios qualified. Seems like there were a lot more CX stations on this time, or at least I could hear them! Maybe old sunspots had something to do with it.
I got my old Yaesu FTDX100 on both ssb and cw this time. It has no sidetone on cw, which I'm not used to. Also, the vox relays key with every dit and dah, so it sounds like an old land line telegraph clicking and clacking away. It must not have been very popular to use on cw! If you are not familiar with this rig, it was the fore runner of the ft-101 and came out around 1967, with germanium transistors in the rf sections, and tubes in the driver and final. Unlike the ft-101, it did not have plug-in boards! It must have been a nightmare to manufacture, believe me its a nightmare to work on! Maybe next time I'll attempt to get the pseudo am qualified. It puts out one sideband and you mix in the right amount of carrier, a real peanut whistle.
The Yaesu and SB-101 (Curly) are set-up for races home unit use, and run on 12 volts DC from a couple of golf cart batteries. The home unit meets on 75 meters each Saturday morning to keep the rigs and emergency power supplies checked out and ready to go. Heaven forbid we ever need to use them, but it was fun to set up the batteries and chargers, etc.
See you next time!
Jan 2011 CX W7FOX
Mode Number of QSO’s Total age of gear Score
AM 8 195 1560
SSB 9 128 1152
CW 24 591 14184
Novice Rig T19/ARC-5 1000
Johnson Viking I 1000
Grand Total 18896
Johnson Viking I 62
Home Brew1625’s 25
Heath SB-101 (Moe) 42
Heath SB-101 (Curly) 42
Yaesu FTDX100 44
Collins 51S1a 52
Hallicrafters SX-100 56
Making QSOs with Ameco AC-1T Rough –
Has 1.5 w output You did great John! That is were operating skill shows. - Mac
Click to see some of John's rigs and antenna stack.
AMECO AC-1T -- NOVICE TRANSMITTER
HALLICRAFTERS HA-1 KEYER
SCORE CW ONLY
Novice bonus: 1,000
This was my first Classic Exchange. In fact, I was motivated by the event to restore my ancient Harvey-Wells T-90 Bandmaster (my original Novice rig), and got it operational with a few weeks to spare. Of course, the linear amp and the 17-element 5-band Yagi (that I never had as a kid!) helped to make a few Q's, but my fingers just naturally know where to go and how to tune that old beast in an instant. I ran into one other Harvey-Wells radio, and we had what may be the only two-way QSO between Harvey-Wells' in many years.Rich, you are experiencing the true spirit of CX - welcome and please come back - Mac.
I also attached a photo of me in 1968, side-by-side of one with me in 2011, with the same Harvey-Wells on the desk! It's also up on my QRZ.com page.
Most of the time, I used an old Heathkit HR-10 as a receiver. The nice thing about that radio is that you don't really have to tune it to find signals; the IF bandwidth is so wide that you can hear the whole band at once! (I really appreciate the IC-7600 that is on the other side of the desk; I can slice the CW bandwidth down to tens-of-Hz, and then put on an audio passband filter besides to hear a single weak one in a pile-up; what a difference!)Makes you really appreciate the old gear, doesn't it? - Mac
I didn't put in much of an effort for the Phone weekend, mostly because I was worn out after logging over 1200 QSOs in the CQ WPX RTTY contest that weekend. I also promised my contest-club friends that I wouldn't dare put that phase-noisy, drifting, broad-as-a-barn AM radio on 40/20/15m during the peak hours of a real contest, in the spirit of avoiding airwave pollution. Still, I tuned up the old beast on 75m in the evening, but only found two local stations to contact, so I'm not sure if those QSOs count towards my score. (No big deal either way--this is all for the fun of boat-anchoring!)
Favorite quote of the event: "That little bit of chirp adds character!"
Thanks for organizing this event, and I'm sure I will do it again.
Mode QSOs Age Score
AM 2 107 214
CW 81 169 13,689
Novice Rig Harvey-Wells T-90 1000
Grand Total 14,903
Equipment Used :
Harvey-Wells T-90 Bandmaster Transmitter, Age: 57
Heathkit HR-10 Receiver, Age: 50
Kenwood TS-530s Transceiver, Age 31
de KE1B, Rich
With the 1k bonus for Hammarlund and Johnson gear, I set up a station
for the CX CW day. I built a TR relay in a metal box from a Swiss Army
watch (on top of the receiver). If it had been a Swiss Army Knife box you could have made a knife switch HiHi - Mac
I was only able to make 2 of the 3
required contacts before the Ranger's output faltered and died.
It still looks like a great set up Tom - Mac
Click to see Tom's "almost" station.
Fortunately, I was able to make a number of other CX contacts on other
vintage Drake rigs.
Mode Number of QSOs Total age of gear used to make QSOs Total
CW 14 407 5698
SSB 20 297 5940
Totals 34 704 11638
Novice Rig Drake 2-C Drake 2-NT 2000
Grand Total 13638
Another Classic Exchange is in the books. Although my QSO totals weren't quite as high as those of a year ago, it was still nice to have a triple-digit CW QSO count to go with a decent phone performance. With only one set of old rigs to use in the CX, I tend to evaluate results in terms of QSO counts, and by that standard this CX was a good one.
My tube rigs got some additonal exercise when I used them to make a couple dozen phone QSOs in the North American Sprint on the evening before the phone CX. I'm happy to say that the rigs acquitted themselves well, proving yet again that classic rigs can coexist nicely with the best of modern rigs.But can the modern rigs really be as good after you have gone back to classic rigs? - Mac
For this CX my equipment was as usual an SB-301 receiver (built by me in 1967), SB-401 transmitter (likewise in 1974) and a 40-meter inverted vee fed with ladder line. The SB-301 is 43 years old and the SB-401 is 37 years old, for a total age of 80 years.
My logs are attached, one for each mode. My score grid follows.
Mode No. of QSOs Total gear age Score
SSB 44 80 3,520
CW 106 80 8,480
Totals 150 12,000
I had no bonus points.
Greetings from NV fellow CXers!
Having worked my first CX from the Left coast, I came away pleased. While I did not have an excessive amount of time to operate due to family issues, and considering my antenna situation, I felt very good about my results. For those who don’t know, we moved to NV August 2010. We have a very nice house on the southern side of Peavine Mountain, about 8 miles west of downtown Reno NV and 3 miles east of the CA border, elevation 5300 ft with gorgeous views of the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains. Only problem is, the dreaded CC&Rs. No outside antennas allowed. (At least that they can see!) Complicating the issue is the house has only one story and has wire-mesh reinforced stucco siding and a cement tile roof, and at the time of the CX no suitable trees, just a privacy fence about 7 ft high. The fence was the only avenue for antennas.
I set up a three band multi-dipole with #30 magnet wire for 80, 40, and 20. I had dire expectations from these antennas, but the results thus far have been surprising. Thirteen states in 20 QSOs, from local (CA) to PA on the east coast just in CX. Other operations I’ve ranged out to over 10,000 miles on the “cloud-warmer” 7 ft high dipoles, and all on CX qualifying gear. So much for antenna theory. And so much for the YaeComWood crowd. Where there is a will (and skill) there is a way! - Mac
I started out on 20 meters running a recently acquired Johnson Invader coupled with an SX-101A, then onto 40, using a Heath SB-102 (which just ran through Field Day in fine shape), a military GO-9 and my ORIGINAL novice RX BC-348Q, then onto 80 with the GO-9 coupled with an HRO Sr, then a Johnson Navigator/National NC-125 combo.
Conditions were not super, even considering my lowly antennas, but the thrill was there nonetheless. Been doing CX for some 15-16 years or more now, and never tire of it. The neatest rig I worked had to be Paul K2LMQ’s homebrew 6CW8 rig driving a Johnson Thunderbolt amp. I have visions of a peanut-sized chassis with one teeny tube sitting next to the behemoth paperweight Thunderbolt. (you mean that pipsqueak is driving THAT???)
Special honors go to Dennis N8DL. While most other CXers gave me usually reasonable – but highly exaggerated - RSTs, Dennis was honest (more so than the others) and gave me an RST 219. That sounds like one I’d get in the AWA 1929 transmitter party. Hats off to Dennis for persevering to copy my CX info.
Looking forward to seeing ya all in September!
73, Howie WB2AWQ/7
Comments follow when it's quieter here.
41 QSO X 193=7913
Novice Comet =1000
Hamm Comet =1000
CLUB: Nanaimo Amateur Radio Association
Rigs Used: Heathkit Heath DX-60 & HR-10, Heath SB-101, Heath QRP HW-8, Ten Tec Argosy, Yaesu FT-757GX and Yaesu FT-767GX
CLAIMED-SCORE: 100+88+70+60+56+50=424*19=8056 Points
Soapbox: I was only able to get on for the CW session of this Contest this winter and I participated in the CQ WPX RTTY Contest the weekend of the phone portion of CX. I hope next year CX is on a different weekend then CQWPX it is a very popular contest in our Club.Too many contests - too little time -Mac.
I had a lot of fun with my 3 Heathkits in this contest I started with my original DX-60 and HR-10 and after those 3 QSO's I really appreciated operation my fave oldie that SB-101 Survivor and my HW-8 I was amazed how fast I got the 3 QSO's with that 2 watt HW-8. That is part of the fun of CX.... Mac
I thought I’d better send in my info before it got too late, 3 months isn’t bad for me. Earlier than some..... - Mac Anyway I made a total of 30 contacts. 10 on 40 and 20 on 80. All on CW. On 40 I used a DX60-B and Drake 2-b for a total of 92 years and on 80 a KWM-2 for 51 years. So I guess that makes a score of 5,820.
It was good to hear a lot of the same guys on again this year. Jeff K3kyr WAS BOOMING IN HERE WITH HIS Eico 720 and Century 21. It was good to hear so many HW-16s on the air. I guess I’ll have to find one this summer. Wink WA8KOQ was doing a great job with his 2NT as was WA1SKQ with his SWAN. K1TG was the only Homebrew rig I worked and it was doing a great job .
I look forward to the Fall event with even more activity.
Yeah, I thought of using the age of my rig in dog years...but you said NO.
Anyway, tried to follow your requirements, loved the contest and made a lot
of new friends with the slightly longer exchange format...great to get my old
Eico rig and HR10 back on the air after many years! Brought back memories
of actually being a Novice back in 63/64...what a memory trip!
MODE Number of QSOs Total Age of Rigs Score
CW 27 138 3726
Novice Rig EICO 723, Heath HR10 (1963) 2000
Other Rig used Kenwood TS440SAT (1990) 0
Grand Total 5726
Here is my entry for the January 2011 Classic Exchange.
Used the Johnson Ranger with xtal control because the VFO not working and did not have time to pull things apart to get at the VFO compartment.That was a smart decision .. that VFO box is not easy to get into. - Mac
Harvey Well TBS-50C novice rig
Hallicrafters S-76 novice rig
Johnson Ranger 1
TOTAL 216 years
CX Multiplier: 216
Novice Rig Bonus: 2,000
Johnson Ranger bonus: 1,000
TOTAL : 5,592
I started out on 20 CW with my Drake Twins (T-4X and R-4A). The band was really jumping with CX activity. It was great to hear Rich, KE1B, on his HW T-90 and several other rigs. The best "CX" rig during that session was W0VLZ, Mike's Johnson Navigator. There were not that many of them built. AA6ZE. Peter matched my Drake Twins with his "B-Line" Amazing how those old Drake rigs hold up. They are from Ohio, not far from my old QTH in Centerville. W7ID, Jeff, was strong - but what do you expect from a Collins rig HiHi. I even managed to catcgh Rocco with his Collins gear operating from his CO QTH.
Moving over to 40 CW and continuing with the Drake Twins things were also jumping. One of the most interesting QSOs was with John N2BE. He writes as well as he sends - be sure to read his comments in this newsletter. Who knew Global warming and Boat Anchors are linked together..... I could hear a number of CX regulars, like Jim W8KGI, but could not get their attention.
CX and dinner are mutually exclusive so I went QRT for the higher priority.
After dinner I brought the Valiant and HQ-129 up on 80 CW.
N2AK Mario and his sidekick N2ATB Tony were first up on the log. Great signals from NJ! W2JEK Don another
CX regular was there with his old reliable Harvey-Wells TBS-50 and Hallicrafters S-76. Great Rigs. The first CX was initially planned to be limited to the Harvey-Wells TBS-50 rigs. Fortunately Stu et al opened it up. It would not be a CX unless without W8TM Paul and his Heathkit 301/401 or his Cincinnati /St. Xavier bud N8DL Denny who was running an loud Apache and an old Navy RBB - a true Boat Anchor HiHi.
I have a note in the log that W7DRA Mike had the worst signal with his HW-16 but I don't remember why. Maybe it wasn't all that bad Mike. /p
Due to poor planning I missed the phone CX. You would think the CX coordinator could do better than that. Oh well..
Thanks to everyone for making CX such a fun event.
TOTAL AGE: 202 YEARS
This was my first time participating in the CX and I found it to be a lot of fun. My station consists of ten boat anchor pieces of equipment. I can usually be found on 80 meters and I frequently check into the DX 60 net on Sunday mornings.
My original novice station was an NC 125 receiver and a 2 tube homebrew crystal controlled transmitter. The transmitter was replaced by the DX60B.
Hallicrafters is my favorite manufacturer amateur radio equipment, but I won’t part with my Hammarlund HQ150 receiver which I got in 1969. This receiver is great for listening to foreign broadcasts stations and of course the ham bands. Pictures of my shack are on QRZ.
Mode QSO Age of gear Score Rig Combination
SSB 6 100 600 HT-37 & SX111
AM 3 100 300 HT-37 & SX111
AM 3 123 369 HT-37 & S20 Sky Champion
AM 3 95 285 DX60B & HQ150
Totals 15 1,554
Novice Rig 1,000 DX60B
Hammarlund 1,000 HQ150
Grand Total 3,554
Here is my CX log and summary sheet. Not many contacts, but had fun. Not much operating time this year again due to work schedule.
WA9EIC should have a really good score. When I closed to go to bed he was still holding court on 3885. FB signal from Don, even considering he is in the next state west of me. At times, QRM was most I have heard on 75M for some time; and not AM QRM. Wish I had a panadaptor, the rest of the band away from the 'AM Window' must have been quiet.
Did manage to have QSO with Gene, N4UJ, on 40M between foreign broadcast stations. Collins S-1-line to Collins S-3-line; nice!!
I gotta get me a DX-40. That was my Novice transmitter. Have my original S-85 (my Novice receiver from 1958) up and running now, but it's not set up for the current PTT control with the Viking II.
MODE # QSO'S OF GEAR TOTAL
AM 3 102 306
SSB 5 104 520
TOTAL 8 826
JOHNSON HQ-110A VIKING II 2000
AM JOHNSON VIKING II 1960
HAMMARLUND HQ-110A 1960
SSB COLLINS 32S-1 1959
COLLINS 75S-1 1959
Dear OM Mac,
I hope this is not too early since the phone portion has not been completed. Never too early - Mac
I enjoyed the Classic Exchange and it was my first contest in about 20 years. Signals were great and listening to all the various vintage gear was wonderful. I was operating my homebrew station built over the last several years. I appreciated the comments on my TX keying many of the guys gave me.
I don’t have any interesting stories about my station except I am 100% homebrew. The receiver was built using almost all toroids for coils and a microprocessor crystal filter.
Click to see views of Donald's homebrew rigs.
Under the chassis
I thought Rocco, N6KN, had the strongest signals though conditions were great in Oklahoma and everyone had decent signals. Also, KE1B’s, Harvey Wells T-90 was intriguing. They are cool looking rigs. I had been reading about one for sale earlier in the week.
I hang out on 7050KC most of the time so it was doubly nice to work so many vintage rigs in my “neighborhood”.
Thanks for the chance to meet so many nice folks.
K5UOS (Don from Oklahoma)
MODE Number of QSOs Total age of gear used to make QSOs SCORE
CW 10 50 500
TOTALS 10 50 500
NOVICE RIG Homebrew RX 8 tubeHomebrew MOPA 12W 6AG7/6L6 2,000
GRAND Total 3,000
Rig Used: Homebrew tube station (my novice rig was also a HB tube station)
TX - 50W VFO controlled transmitter with 6146 final
RX - 11 tube super-het receiver
Ant - homebrew quarter wave for 40M
KG0LD Bill NE 599/599 Johnson Viking 2, Hammarlund SP600
W6TMV Dick CO 559/339 Eico 723, HR10B
N6KN Rocco CO 589/579 Drake R4B and T4XB
K0NG Chas NE 599/599 Viking Ranger, Hammarlund HQ170
W4FOA Tony GA 579/599 EICO 720, Drake 2B
WB0SND Mike MO 599/599 Viking 2, 75A4
W0LGU Tom MN 579/599 Homebrew 807, HQ129
W7DRA Mike NE 579/555 HW16
KE1B Rich CA 599/599 Harvey Wells T-90, Heath HR10
AA6ZE Peter CA 579/599 TR4C
Did the best that I could.
Check out Mike's Great rig and Great Operator!
See picture of second op Sylvie taking over Mike the dog's place at the key
You and your family are always welcome in CX Mike - Hope to see you in September. Mac
Doug VA3BD, ONTARIO
Great Contest. TU!
Hi All –
Really enjoyed this event. It is very low key and unlike other contests people don’t seem to mind taking a moment to trade a comment or two. I haven’t worked CW in years, nor have I used the old S line for a long time. It was wonderful to have an excuse to drag it out. I could never afford these rigs when new, so it is a real treat sitting down and enjoying this beautifully crafted technology. Doug, you have captured the spirit of CX.....Great@! - Mac
Since I don’t operate too often I spent a lot of time reading the mail, figuring that I could log the equipment by listening to previous contacts, then work the station a bit later. But when I finally worked some stations I was confused since my CW is not so hot and the equipment description sent to me didn’t seem to match the previous Q’s. In some cases I had even looked up the rig online as I was monitoring, but mysteriously by the time of my contact the equipment seemed to have changed (Could have sworn he was running a Collins rig, but now it comes across as CO 720 - funny abbreviation for Collins, a CO.)
I finally figured out that the guys were swapping around equipment and it was an (EI) co….
It was fascinating hearing the different notes. Some were clean and soft, others clean with hard keying, but I especially loved hearing the chirps and whoops. My wife was listening in and commented on the sigs. The best “whoop” had to go to KE1B’s Harvey Wells.
The best op. I heard was N6KN Rocco- nice, clean CW and procedures.
Everyone was so polite. I never heard anyone give a “T” report of less than 9, although one diplomat gave me a 589, with “a bit of a chirp.”
Anyway, great fun and thanks to you Mac!
Here is the log and score sheet.
Doug VA3BD, ONTARIO
Running a 32S-1 and 75S3-B plus straight key.
13 QSO’s X 100 years = 1,300
Not sure if you're still collecting the info for the Classic Exchange or not, but here's my report anyway. I managed to get my old "Angry-9" working just in time for the CW event, and was pleasantly surprised with my half-dozen QSO's. I had hopes of putting it on AM for the phone weekend, but couldn't manage to get a carbon mike hooked up in time.Don't give up Charlie! Just remember the fun it was to get it on the air in the past. Besides - Carbon Mikes make you sound better HiHi - Mac
Looking forward to the next one!
Click to see Charlie's fine rigs.
Jan 2010 Classic Exchange - Log for KX7L
Date Time (Z) Band Mode Call RST(snt)RST(rec)QTH Name Rig
1/31/2011 0330 80 CW K3Y/7 599 599C NV Jon 2609T
1/31/2011 0359 80 CW W6TMV 569 569 CO Dick TS-440
1/31/2011 0414 80 CW KD6DKC 559 559 CA Rich Ten Tec Scout
1/31/2011 0458 80 CW KE1B 599 559 CA Rich Harvey Wells T90/Heath HR10
1/31/2011 0514 80 CW WB2AWQ 599 579 NV Howie Viking Navigator/NC125
1/31/2011 0536 80 CW K2LMQ 599 589 AZ Paul HB 6CW8 ->Viking Thunderbolt/NC303
Rig: Mil Surplus AN/GRC-9; approx 7W output. Not sure about the age, but it dates no later than 1956, so that's what I used.
Mode #QSOs Total Age of Gear Score
CW 6 108 648
Attached is my CX log and information, plus a station photo.
Click to see Ed's fine Drake station.
Only had time for three QSO's, but still enjoyed it.
ed - k9ew
Soapbox: This was my first CX operation. I didn't have very much time, but it was a lot of fun anyway.
My setup included a Drake 2-NT transmitter
running 20 watts to a dipole at 40 feet, and a 2-C receiver. I bought one at an online auction, and
the other from the Drake List on QSL.net. The transmitter
needed attention, but the receiver worked great - just a little hum that was cured by replacing
the electrolytics. It's a very nice pair of radios, and it almost
operates like a transceiver. I used a DDS VFO that I built from a kit, and then modified as
needed to drive the transmitter. It's a great combination.
Hope I have more time when this event comes around again; it was great hearing the
old rigs still on the air.
tnx es 73 - ed, k9ew.